IN THIS EDITION -- March 21, 2002


A New Legacy


Whether you get Legacy for free or are a paying customer, your genealogy software will do more for you in its newest version. Legacy 4.0 is full of new and improved features, both the Deluxe version ($19.95 download or $29.95 with printed manual and CD-ROM) and the Standard version (free download). Deluxe users will get the Chronology View and Report, which allows you to quickly see a person's life events and print a timeline. They will also have Index View (displays all individuals in your family file and their vital data), alternative names showing up in the name list and the ability to add notes to location entries. Another addition to Legacy 4.0 is the Picture Center, which lets you view a list of pictures and a list of individuals, where you can assign them to each other.

Standard users won't get all the bells and whistles of the Deluxe version, but will get quick data entry, a location index for reports, unlimited file size, comprehensive export ability, a Web page creator, multiple views and more. To learn about all of 4.0's features or to order/download, visit


Ohio, Arkansas Put More State Resources Online


Two states are making additional archival materials available to the world through Web sites.

A collection of Ohio's historical treasures will make its online debut March 26. The Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook at brings together primary sources from all parts of the state. The site was created to commemorate the Buckeye State's bicentennial in 2003. It is also meant to celebrate state and local history; encourage cooperation between archives, historical societies, libraries, museums and other cultural organizations; and allow the world to discover and explore Ohio's rich past.

Also, the Arkansas History Commission recently unveiled a redesign of its site at, along with three new searchable databases of its holdings. Arkansas Newspapers contains information on about 3,000 titles published in Arkansas from 1819 to the present. It is searchable by title, city and county. Arkansas County Records covers selected records from 1797 to 1950. Search by title or county. Arkansas Military Records includes Arkansas Civil War service and Confederate pension files; information about Arkansas soldiers in the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War and the First World War; and various indexes to service in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, Indian wars and the US regular army.


Deciphering German Place Names


Having trouble finding the places where your German ancestors came from? See if these letter-combination tips can help:

* If you have a place starting with Sh- it surely must be an error for Sch-. German does not spell that sound as Sh-.
* If you have a consonant in the c/ch/ck/g/k group, check for variations of that spelling. If you can't find Cusel in the gazetteer, look for Chusel, Gusel or Kusel for example. There is a Kusel.
* Another such group is f/pf/ph. If your place is Phorzheim, check for Forzheim or Pforzheim. There is a Pforzheim.
* A third group is c/ts/tz/z. Cell may be Tsell, Tzell or Zell, and the last one is the most likely.
* Places in eastern German-speaking areas can have the combinations cz/tsch/tzsch/zsch (Czarnikow, Tscharnikow, Tzscharnikow, Zscharnikow).
* The b/p pair is often transposed, as in the case of Bolle or Polle.
* The group f/v/w is another that is easily confused, for example Ferden, Verden and Werden.
* Some sounds can be represented in several ways. For instance, the letters chs/cks/ks/x can be found in Luchsemburg, Lucksemburg, Luksemburg or Luxemburg.
* The dental sounds d/t/th are somewhat interchangeable, as in Dierbach, Tierbach and Thierbach.
* Also try doubling vowels or adding the sign of a long vowel, which is an h (Lor, Loor, Lohr).

-Excerpted from A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Germanic Ancestors by S. Chris Anderson & Ernest Thode, $18.99. Reprinted here with permission from the publisher, Betterway Books. Available in bookstores or online at


Records Added to English, Scots Origins Sites


The sites, English Origins and Scots Origins, keep on growing. Recently, a host of Yorkshire marriage records were added to English Origins at, a site associated with the English Society of Genealogists. The marriage records are part of Boyd's Marriage Index, which contains 500,000 names and spans the years 1538 to 1840. And just last week, several sets of vital records were posted to Scots Origins at They include 1901 birth and marriage records, and 1906 death records. Both sites charge for access to these records. English Origins charges about $8.50 for 150 credits valid for 48 hours; Scots Origins charges the same for 30 credits valid for 24 hours.


The Power of the Press


A tip from Shirley Ackley of Dodge City, Kan.:

"I sent for and received a copy of the obituary for my great-grandfather. It told of a son who had recently lost his wife, listed the town he was from and that he did not attend the funeral of his father. I wrote a letter to one of that city's newspapers asking for a copy of the obit on this son's wife, giving the approximate date and all info I had. The newspaper eventually ran my letter as a letter to the editor.

"One weekend, I received a phone call from a lady who had read the letter to the editor in their newspaper and wondered how I might be related to her husband's grandfather (the son who did not come to his father's funeral). We talked numerous times, wrote letters, shared pictures and finally, after several months, I made a trip to meet them and other family members I never knew I had in that part of the country. (I live in Kansas and they live in Alabama.) I had a wonderful time meeting these newly found relatives and by the time I left I had met around 50 relatives, whom I am now planning another trip to see again and meet the ones I did not get to meet last time.

"All of this from an obit listing a name and city of a son! I would never have guessed it would end up that way."